Secular and anti-fascist writers Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens and Edmund Standing authored a report into the activities of the far right extremist group, Blood & Honour (B&H), for Douglas Murray’s conservative think-tank, The Centre for Social Cohesion (CSC) and There Is Nothing British About The BNP.
The report is entitled “Blood & Honour: Britain’s Far-Right Militants” (download PDF). The News of the World carried a story on the report, Harry’s Place has done a guest post and Standing has also published an executive summary on his blog:
B&H is an international neo-Nazi network that has evolved from its original incarnation as a neo-Nazi music scene into a far-right franchise. Through music CDs and ideological texts, the B&H network reinforces and disseminates a violent ‘white power’ supremacist ideology, encourages terrorism and spreads racial hatred. This ideology derives from Third Reich Nazism and B&H seeks the creation of a ‘Fourth Reich’. While it is not an organisation with official membership, B&H acts as an effective international network through which to spread violent neo-Nazism.
A number of B&H texts glorify and encourage acts of terror against minorities, and also provide followers with detailed information about how to carry out a successful attack…
B&H’s largest source of income is the sale of neo-Nazi rock music CDs, many of which incite racial hatred and violence, and glorify neo-Nazi terrorism. Two key UK B&H merchandising operations are Highlander East Coast and Rune and Sword Productions, both of which sell ‘white power’ music and other neo-Nazi material that contravenes UK legislation on racial and religious hatred.
Standing writes his own blog, regularly contributes to Harry’s Place and has written a number of pieces for Ophelia Benson’s website, Butterflies & Wheels, which can be accessed in the articles section.
Standing’s previous report for the CSC, “The BNP and The Online Fascist Network” (download PDF), published in July 2009, revealed the attempts by the British National Party to clean up their public image while remaining below the surface Nazis, anti-Semites, Holocaust deniers and racists.
Meleagrou-Hitchens is a research fellow for the CSC and contributes to the Focus on Islamism blog for Standpoint magazine.